- Alt. Name
- Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii Desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii Desu ka?
- Release Date
- Spring 2017
- No. of Episodes
- Statelight, C2C
- Light Novel
WorldEnd: What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us? It is a 2017 Science Fiction drama anime series with mild romance thrown into the mix. Though this series may have an extremely long title, others may not notice that this anime series was produced by two animation studios, Statelight and C2C. At the same time, the latter doesn’t have anything worthy of mentioning. The former has created some well-known series in the past, including; Hellsing Ultimate, Fairy Tail, and the most recent to date Somali and the Forest Spirit. Since multiple different websites state each company differently, it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what each studio did and didn’t do.
Putting his life on the line, Williem Kmetsch leaves his loved ones behind and sets out to battle a mysterious monster, and even though he is victorious, he is rendered frozen in solid ice. During this time in his icy prison, terrifying creatures are known as “Beasts” emerge on the Earth’s surface and threaten humanity’s existence. Williem awakens 500 years later, only to find himself the sole survivor of his race as humanity has not only been wiped out but has long been forgotten.
Together with the other surviving races, Williem takes refuge on the floating islands in the sky, living in fear of the Beasts below. He lives a life of utter loneliness and only does odd jobs to get by. One day, he is tasked with being a weapon storehouse caretaker. Thinking nothing of it, Williem accepts, but he soon realizes that these weapons of mass destruction are a group of young Leprechauns. Though they bear every resemblance to humans, they have no regard for their own lives, identifying themselves as mere weapons of war. Among them is Chtholly Nota Seniorious, who is more than willing to sacrifice herself if it means defeating the Beasts and ensuring peace.
Williem becomes something of a father figure to the young Leprechauns, watching over them fondly and supporting them in any way he can find possible. He, who once fought so bravely on the frontlines, can now only hope that the ones being sent to battle return safely from the monsters that destroyed his kind. After all, parenting is never an easy task, no matter what race one is raising.
When a series has more than one studio behind it, this is sometimes a red flag. Either the series will be better in one section of areas due to one studio doing the work and the other being the ache lies heel. More often than not, it’s never that cut and dry and tends to be more of slim pickings. Somehow WorldEnd’s story has been a little better than what one may expect, especially if one is into world-building. The amount of worldbuilding given in this one anime series was so large that it could potentially bring other anime to shame. They could build upon the areas that viewers may want to learn more about instead of just making in multiple locations at once.
Another area that this anime series did better than what one may expect is that it’s well written. Its commonalities may make it seem somewhat predictable, and it flips itself onto its head to show viewers that this isn’t your average sci-fi anime series. However, what makes this story stand out from other anime series that have a little romance throughout, it is by no way means a love story. While yes, there is a romance as a plot, it’s the subplot. The real story is behind the war and what it does to people. Though to state that there is only one general concept of WorldEnd would be a tragedy to anime in general. There are multiple ways one could view this anime and still be entertained. Outside of these huge praises, there were countless others, but these were the biggest to mention.
However, even though this series had a large number of positives, this series is not perfect. For instance, the story was a bit generic in all aspects of each genre. In romance, it’s boy meets girl; in drama, it’s hyper-dramatic even when it doesn’t need to be. And of course, the most prominent genre is Science Fiction; if it’s not in space, it is floating or fighting monsters. Each has its positives but tends to get a little boring if one isn’t hooked onto the story early on. Perhaps the biggest problem was that the source material was five light novels long, and the studios had so much to work with that they couldn’t pinpoint small enough. Who knows the real reason, but this may hinder potential viewers who are trying to get into the science fiction genre.
Another negative that this anime series had within its story was that it didn’t diversify from its source material. The studios behind this series seemed not to understand the importance of cleaning up rough areas that may be difficult to understand or even hard to remember. For example, the name alone is an essential factor; WorldEnd: What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us? It is long enough to be multiple sequels or even spin-offs. Another example of this is that the story has only one male for over ninety-seven percent of the series. While this isn’t a bad thing per se, and other shows have done wonders with one male or none even, this series could have worked better without the cutesy girls all the time.
For the viewers that enjoy their anime with a healthy mix of beauty; and are not overly complicated. With its bright colors in some scenes mixed with its dullness and gloominess in others seem to create a rememberable series regarding its art. Though with two studios working behind this series, it comes as no surprise as this series gets a large amount of praise for its art style. However, this series does exceptionally well that other anime series fail compared to the battle scenes. While other series may put a lot of work into their fight scenes, they tend to overdo it at times, leaving the rest of the series bland or boring in comparison. WorldEnd has a good mix of using its resources to its advantage without making the viewer feel they need to keep track of everything on the screen.
However, the animation production of this series was bittersweet. While the opening animation was beautifully created and incorporated a fitting song into it, it just seemed to be missing something. After watching the opening sequences multiple times, the viewer may notice that the arrangement has very little to do with the entire series. The opening sequence is beautiful and brings joy to its viewers, but it gives too much information about the series and not giving enough all at the same time. Though the songs used were no problem and were a remarkable asset to this series, music choice in anime could mean having an average series to a remarkable one.
Within any story, no matter what the genre is, one of the most critical pieces is having good characters. WorldEnd seems to have a pretty good list of characters for this series, which is a piece of news for any potential viewer. William Kmetsch is the main protagonist and the only living human within a world where humans have been driven to extinction by monsters called “Beasts.” He continues to fight against the Beasts, though this time as the advisor to the “Fairies.”
Chtholly Nota Seniorious is one of the Leprechauns who can use Weapons. She inherited the Weapon Seniorious, which has a long history within itself. Though she is a teenager, she is destined to do great things for the military and hopefully ends this long war with her skills.
Ithea Myse Valgulious is also a Leprechaun that has her hair styled in a cat-like fashion. She’s athletic, energetic, and a little bit noisy. She has a happy-go-lucky personality and is often joking around with Williem about only liking girls of her age. Though one could describe the type of character her overall personality was, it’d be best described as boisterous.,
Nephren Rug Insania is another Leprechaun that has her emotions on lockdown. She shows care and compassion towards Williem and helps him a lot but often sticks by his side for some unknown reason. Throughout the series, the viewers aren’t getting to know this character that much, which is unfortunate since she’s one of the three main ones. However, there is enough to enjoy for every character within this series. While there are plenty of other characters to mention, some of them are either spoiler territory or not giving the viewer enough to make an impression.
Overall, this series was better than what one may expect for a science fiction anime. The high level of drama mixed in without overdoing the romance sprinkled into the story shows that there are better ways to write a series without going overboard with the sci-fi. If one is looking for an anime series that can be watched multiple times and still find the anime entertaining, then this is what they’re looking for! While this series has some slight problems if one is interested in getting into a new genre and unsure where to start without diving headfirst, this could be a top choice for any anime fan.
Cody Senpai is the creator of BakaNow, an anime review website that specializes in spoiler-free reviews for everyone. He is an avid anime watcher who has traveled to Japan numerous times to not only experience the culture and history but also to build friendships with people through a common interest. He is an avid animation fanatic from birth and even went on to major in communication to help share the importance of the stories we love to watch and listen to. Cody lives in Denver, Colorado and loves to do anything adventurous.